Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? 9-18-17

It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.

My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading, follow my Goodreads page.

Last week I finished reading:

Saving Marty by Paul Griffin  

A book with lots of parallels to Charlotte's Web.  

I finished reading with my ears:
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 

An important read but definitely hard to read. I'm for sure interested in watching the TV series now.

Picture books that stood out in the pile last week:

Rulers of the Playground by Joseph  Kuefler
Joseph Kuefler mines the wealth of material that are playground dynamics. Lots to discuss here, which makes this a great classroom read aloud.

Beyond the illustrations themselves, the overall concept, layout, and design of this book is top notch. It sort of put me in mind of something you might see in a music video.

I Love My Hair! by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
A book that is a perfect example of why Rudine Sims Bishop's article about Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors is so important. Love your hair. Love your skin. Love who you are. 

Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal 
A sweet picture book that defines certain virtues and vices through the lens of cookies. 

Currently reading with my eyes:

Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary by Martha Brockenbrough 

Currently reading with my ears:

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking


  1. Cookies was such a great way for Amy Kraus Rosenthal to impart life lessons. She really knew her audience.

  2. Gah! The mother in Saving Marty drove me crazy. Just truck the pig to a farm somehwere. Show some backbone! And why tell Lorenzo about his father? That served no purpose. I liked When Friendship Followed Me Home, but Saving Marty had people making so many bad choices!

  3. I love the Cookies book. I've just started listening to Texbook by Amy Krause Rosenthrall and suspect I am going to want to go and reread all her books by the time I am done.

  4. I've read parts of The Little Book of Hygge, interesting ideas! Will look for Saving Marty, Beth. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. I've been really meaning to read The Handmaid's Tale. I just keep getting pulled my YAL. I need to get myself to a library to nab it. :)

  6. Looks like a great reading week for you! I just read The Handmaid's Tale for the first time this year, too. So powerful. I am dying to see the TV show, especially after all the awards it won last night, but we don't get Hulu! It's getting harder to resist subscribing - they also have the adaptation of 11/22/63, which my husband and I both loved.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  7. I have the Hamilton book to read too! I could not tackle the Chernow book, so I'm hoping this one is a bit more my pace. Although I'm having so much trouble reading right now, I may have to put that off until I have some time off of school.

  8. I have Handmaid's Tale to read (how was the audiobook?) because I wanted to read before watching--it intrigues me!